With each game, forward Damien Brunner gives you a little more reason to believe.

It's still so early in Brunner's NHL career. He's an undrafted free agent from Switzerland who has played just six games, and is obviously learning a lot about North American hockey each time he's on the ice.

But Brunner, 26, now has a team-leading three goals through those six games, after scoring in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Dallas. He's looking to go to the net, and doesn't shy away from the physical parts of the game. He's more than willing to work on the defensive end.

"He looks like a hockey player to me," coach Mike Babcock said.

When the Red Wings signed Brunner on July 1, they knew about his success in Europe but weren't sure how that would adapt to the NHL.

The four-month lockout may have helped in one sense. Henrik Zetterberg decided to play in Switzerland during the lockout, for EV Zug, also Brunner's team, and the two found instant chemistry. That chemistry has extended to NHL rinks.

"Playing with a player like Hank, it makes it easier," Brunner said.

Babcock likes what he's seen regarding Brunner's development in the early going.

"He shoots, and he goes to the net," said Babcock of Brunner, who is tied with Zetterberg for the team lead in shots with 25. "He knows how to play and he's getting better defensively.

"Obviously we feel we found a pretty good player. It looks like he's a good fit."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130130/SPORTS0103/301300439#ixzz2JZ6PP0lR